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Resources for Local Research

Historical Room at Ventress Memorial Library

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Ventress Historical Room


The Historical Room contains books and documents that can be helpful in genealogy research. Books on Marshfield and local history, cemetery plot listings, town census/residential lists, limited vital records, town reports, and more. The Historical Room is generally open when the library is open, though it may be in use for a program: please call ahead if you need to use the room, so that we can best assist you in finding the information that you're looking for and ensure that we will have space available.

Digital Resources:

Marshfield Yearbooks We have digitized yearbooks from 1953-2015! Check them out here.

Marshfield Cemeteries and Cemetery Transcriptions

From the USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of Marshfield.

Cemetery Find
Find cemetery plot locations. Some death record information is also provided.

South Shore Genealogical Society
Meets at the John Curtis Free Library in Hanover, MA, at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month from September through June.

Marshfield Town Clerk
Birth records, marriage intentions and records, death records, census recordings.

Marshfield Historical Commission
Official town historical body. Maintains a list of nearly 300 properties that have been determined to be of historical significance, as well as a survey of streets in Marshfield with names attributed to local and national history, detailing the origins of the names.

Marshfield Historical Society
Collects and preserves Marshfield-related artifacts.

Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, colony laws, 17th century text, biographical profiles of selected colonists, wills, probate inventories and much more.

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
Guardian of historical and modern land records from the Pilgrims to the present.


State and National Research

Boston Public Library Genealogy
Extensive collections of genealogical materials.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System - National Parks Service
A database of service records.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Add context to your genealogy research.

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Founded in 1975 with the purpose of promoting and encouraging Massachusetts genealogical research at all levels: beginner, amateur, and professional.

Massachusetts State Archives
Passenger lists; court archives; vital records; census schedules; records of state institutions; military records; naturalization documents; adoptions, divorce, probate, and name change records; Plymouth Colony records, and more. 

Some of these collections are searchable online while other collections must be accessed in person. If you plan to visit the Archives, contact them first to learn about any collection restrictions.
archives@sec.state.ma.us
617-727-2816

Massachusetts State Library
Holdings include city and town directories, town and family histories, tax valuations, historical newspapers, and more.

National Archives at Boston
Appointments are required for original records research.
866-406-2379
boston.archives@nara.gov

New England Historic Genealogical Society
NEHGS's Research Library is free for members. Non-members are always welcome and may purchase a day pass for $20.

USGenWeb Project
Free online genealogy resources organized by state and county.

 


Genealogy Databases


Ancestry.com Library Edition (in-library use only - see Reference Librarian for access)
Search billions of records in census data, vital records, military, immigration, and more.

American Ancestors - New England Historic Genealogical Society
A free genealogy database which includes census data, vital records, military and immigration records, town records, diaries, periodicals, and more. Learning resources for genealogy research are also provided. Full premium database content available at the Ventress Library Guided Reference Computers. Ask the librarian for access.

Heritage Quest - Powered by Ancestry.com (access from home with your library barcode number)
Search census records, slave and veteran schedules, family histories, pension records from the Revolutionary War, and more. Check out their tips and tricks for genealogy research.